Anand A Yang
Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis. Offered: A.
This course addresses two questions that are related to the contemporary structure of the global system: 1. what are the historical processes that have created a world economy and integrated systems of protection and trade that now encompass the entire globe? 2. How is it that this economically integrated world has become so divided and fragmented along ethnic, national, political, and cultural lines? The course examines these questions from a world historical perspective by focusing on selected times, places, and events. It is not intended to be a straight-forward class in world history.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and TA sessions.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly essays, term paper, and final exam.